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Volleyball Team Rides Winning Ways Into Tough Matches

Published: May 09, 2018 at 12:00 am

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Eric Moore goes up for a block during Newtown's first match against Shelton this spring. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Eric Moore goes up for a block during Newtown's first match against Shelton this spring. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Newtown High School's boys' volleyball team remained unbeaten with wins over Cheshire, Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport, and Amity of Woodbridge, May 2, 3, and 7, respectively. The Nighthawks carried a record of 12-0 (7-0 in South-West Conference play) into their final handful of regular-season matches.

The Nighthawks beat Cheshire 3-1 (25-10, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19). Ardi Kodzodziku had one ace, 16 kills, three blocks, and five digs; Eric Moore had three kills, 20 assists, and 11 digs; Silas Decker had an ace, 11 kills, one block, and one dig; Robbie Morrill logged a trio of aces, five kills, two blocks, and a dozen digs; and Morten Sande had three kills, and two 2 blocks at crucial times to shut down Cheshire runs.

Newtown defeated Kolbe 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-10). Tom Phaneuf had three digs, eight kills, and two blocks; Nate Jones registered five digs and an ace; Morrill had three digs, two kills, and an ace, Moore tallied seven digs, compiled 27 assists, and had three kills, three blocks, and one ace; Decker had a dig, six kills, a block, and three aces; and Kodzodziku tallied five digs, six kills, and two aces.

In the match at Amity, the Hawks won 3-0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-22). Kodzodziku racked up 20 kills, seven digs, three aces, and eight service points; Decker had 12 kills, one dig, and three blocks; Moore came away with 16 assists, one dig, five aces, and 15 service points; Morrill had seven kills, four digs, two aces, and three service points; and Liam Jones had one kill, four digs, 13 assists, one block, one ace, and six service points.

Newtown is scheduled to visit Southern Connecticut Conference foe Shelton on Wednesday, May 9, at 6 pm, and host South-West Conference rival Joel Barlow of Redding on Thursday, May 10, at 5:45 pm, in what should be the second of three installments assuming both teams hold their positions as the top two in the SWC and, thus, meet in the championship match.

NHS beat a shorthanded Shelton squad in three sets back on April 19; the Gaels have won four of their last six matches.

The Hawks handed Barlow (10-3 overall and 5-1 in the conference) its only SWC defeat, on April 16.

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